Fort Wilderness Peddlar Truck

fort wilderness peddlar truck

The Fort Wilderness Peddlar Truck

I ran across another WDW Bits & Pieces about the Fort Wilderness Peddlar Truck from the WDW News from September, 1975. I’ve only seen one other mention of the peddlar truck (spelled peddler’s) over at Ryan’s Main Street Gazette.

Image from 1975 WDW News about the Fort Wilderness Peddlar Truck
From the September, 1975, WDW News publication.
Every morning and evening, an antique peddlar truck, laden with fresh vegetables, fruits, foodstuffs, and camping supplies, rumbles down the roads of Fort Wilderness beckoning quests with a clanging cowbell.

Ryan at the Main Street Gazette offers this description:

…it wound its way through the campground selling foodstuffs and sundries to guests who were roughing it and needed provisions to survive the wilderness. Or marshmallows to roast at the campfire… The truck was modeled after the old-fashioned peddler trucks that serviced rural areas of the country. […]guests could find fresh fruit and vegetables, including corn, potatoes, and melons, chips, sodas, and even charcoal for cooking.

fort wilderness peddler truck disney There is scant information available online about the truck that traversed the roads of Fort Wilderness Campground. Ryan’s site is the only mention that shows up in a search and he offers a fantastic press photo from the time.

Check out my Peddlar Truck video:

Peddlar Truck Update!

Bill Cotter of reached out to me and offered this photo of the Fort Wilderness amenity from the 1970s. This is an amazing color photograph of the truck.

image of the fort wilderness peddlar truck from the 1970s

Let’s zoom in a little closer to see what was for sale on the truck.

It looks like the cast member is handing ears of corn to a guest.

close-up image of what was for sale in the fort wilderness peddlar truck

As far as I can tell from the image, the truck sold bags of potato chips, vegetables, cans of soda, bags of charcoal briquets, ears of corn and melons. Does anyone remember the truck and its wares? Thanks to Bill for sharing the photo! Make sure to check out his site.

Did you ever get to experience the Peddlar Truck?

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4 thoughts on “Fort Wilderness Peddlar Truck

  1. Yes, first time we camped there in the fall of 1977. I remember it coming around in the mornings with breakfast vittles, milk, juice, bacon, eggs, etc. It used to have a recorded chugging sound and one of those cowboy type of triangle dinner bells. I don’t remember it in the evenings, but we could’ve been at the parks. Just one of those items that made the Fort unique.

    1. Wow! thank you so much for sharing the info! I thought I read somewhere that it had a pre-recorded chugging sound, but I wasn’t sure.

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